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1. Enjoyment of vigorous health and physical drives.
2. Indifference to all but the physical appetites.
3. The philosophical doctrine that humans are animals in their essential identity and are persons only through their contingent properties.

an′i·mal·ist n.
an′i·mal·is′tic (-lĭs′tĭk) adj.


1. satisfaction of or preoccupation with physical matters; sensuality
2. (Philosophy) the doctrine or belief that man lacks a spiritual nature
3. a trait or mode of behaviour typical of animals
ˈanimalist n


(ˈæn ə məˌlɪz əm)

preoccupation with or motivation by physical or carnal appetites rather than spiritual or intellectual forces.
an′i•mal•ist, n.
an`i•mal•is′tic, adj.


the theory that human beings lack a spiritual nature; animality. — animalist, n. — animalistic, adj.
See also: Mankind
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.animalism - the doctrine that human beings are purely animal in nature and lacking a spiritual nature
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
2.animalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetitesanimalism - preoccupation with satisfaction of physical drives and appetites
disposition, temperament - your usual mood; "he has a happy disposition"


A preoccupation with the body and satisfaction of its desires:
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He sometimes talked in a way that astonished her at first and brought the crimson into her face; in a way that pleased her at last, appealing to the animalism that stirred impatiently within her.
They were both embarrassed and to relieve their embarrassment dropped into the animalism of youth.
But that transitory gleam of the true animalism of these monsters was enough.
This man, good at heart but with a ferocious animalism close at the surface of his being, lying in jail and expectant of nothing less than death, was prevailed upon by the agents of the Iron Heel to throw the bomb in the House of Representatives.
Some might risk the odd paradox that with more animalism he would have been the nobler man.
There was animalism in the soul, and the body had its moments of spirituality.
(143-44) This is a question he is never able to answer, so that the status of the Nei hovers uncertainly between nature and culture, animalism and roboticism, or primitivism and futuristic sophistication.
In 1835, the famous minister Lyman Beecher warned that Catholics were a "dark minded, vicious populace--a poor, uneducated reckless mass of infuriated animalism," and that the Catholic Church was working to "throw down our free institutions." The day after one of Beecher s sermons, in Boston, a few thousand people gathered around the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown.
This paper defends a hylomorphic version of animalism according to which human persons survive as immaterial, bodiless animals after death.
Instead of being unable to control their violent animalism, the Greek refugees are seen as surprisingly controlled: "It is a silent procession.
2-4) Some critics read this positioning as a reflection of Caliban's lowly moral nature, his animalism and depravity.
He added that the tragic incident unified and solidified the whole nation against an enemy which is a blot on humanity and the worst example of animalism.